SFBC Biker Bulletin
December 6, 2006
"I rode a bicycle in the mornings to remember the sound of quiet to see without remorse the breath of sad souls."
— George Aguilar, Day of the Dead Exhibit 2006, SomArts Gallery
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Winterfest 2006 another smashingly successful event!
Thanks to all who came and made our 11th Annual Winterfest fundraiser a huge success (in so many ways!). The numbers are being tallied and the items are being sorted. Over 900 attendees bid, bought and left thrilled with the goodies they scored from local art, to bikes and gear!
There are so many people to thank for their time and efforts invested into making Winterfest a success (in no particular order): Our sponsors, 130+ SFBC volunteers, JC Rafferty & Girl Friday Events, Colin@rawsf.com, Nancy Botkin, DJ TOPH ONE, The Squirrelly String Band, Bert Hill, John Cardoza, Jonn Herschend, Jill Manthei, 68 local artists, Jamie Mastin, Sherry Shannon, Adam Strauss, Slater Penney, Richard Mott, Ania Moniuszko, judy b., Kash, Mark Johnson, Diane Grieman, Dulcinea Gonzales & SF Bay Guardian, Lindasusan Ulrich, Blake Manship, Mitch Altman, and the list goes on. View hundreds of pictures from the Photo Booth.
Won stuff? If you are unsure that you have won an item, hang tight. We will be contacting you this week via phone or email. All auction items MUST be picked up and paid for at the SFBC Office (995 Market St @ 6th St 15th floor) beginning Wednesday 12/6 from 9:30AM to 7PM through Friday, 12/15. Questions? Email or call Jodie at 431-BIKE x305.
Vote for the SFBC Board
The SFBC's Board of Directors is central to the SFBC's work, guiding the organization at its highest level and lending energy and expertise to critical topics like membership and fundraising. Board members serve two-year terms, elected by the general membership; every year elections are held for half of the Board seats, and it's that time of the year again. Last week SFBC members received an email invitation to vote for this year's set of Board seats, and it's important that we hear from you. If you haven't yet voted, please take the time to do so now at our convenient online ballot box. You must be a current SFBC member to vote. Voting ends December 13, but don't put it off. Click over and vote now, as it only takes a minute! Contact Frank at 431-BIKE x304 for more information or assistance.
New SFBC Shirts and Hoodies in time for the Holidays
The holiday elves have restocked the SFBC store shelves with back-by-popular-demand Allowed Full Use of Lane hoodies and t-shirts, and a brand new T-shirt designed by pop-art local and T-shirt contest winner, Alex Pleasant. Our T-shirt Contest judges chose Alex Pleasant's design from over 20 great submissions. Alex Pleasant was one of the original Poketo wallet designers, and his work can be found on urbandelicious.com, artistica.org , and even graced Issue 25 of Flavorpill! Alex Pleasant has been cycling for transportation since well before he was 16, when his parents mistakenly bought the avid cyclist a car for his birthday. Alex claims he intentionally sabotaged his Drivers' Test a shocking fifteen times, until his parents wised up and traded out that clunky car for a sleek street bike. We love Alex's new shirts with San Francisco's skyline dotted with bicycles, and you will too. Get yours now!
We are retiring our 2006 Limited Edition Bike Friendly City T-shirt, and we only have a few select sizes and colors, so make to get yours before we are out of stock!
Bike-Friendly Business Ride
Are you interested in making the businesses that you patronize more friendly for bikes? The SFBC has a Bike-Friendly Business certification program in the works. Join members on a bike tour this Saturday as we investigate the facilities that several SF businesses provide for bikes and brainstorm how we can work with them to make these facilities better through this developing program. We'll be looking at bike parking, bike routes, and additional amenities to encourage and support cyclists: Saturday, December 9, 2-4:30ish. We're still finalizing our route. If you want to join us, email Rachel and she'll get you up to date. Check out our new Shop By Bike page to get great tips on how you can easily haul your goodies home from the store.
An extra-Healthy Sunday in GG Park this weekend
Have you been out for a roll on the brand-new JFK Drive pavement in Golden Gate Park? Smoooooooth, baby, like black ice. Ever-fabulous car-free JFK Sundays are better than ever, and this Sunday (12/10) is going to be especially healthy and fresh, with special activities celebrating cycling and skating and strolling and general car-less recreation on JFK Drive, starting at 10 am. We're expecting Mayor Newsom and Supervisor McGoldrick to come out and join the fun (late morning), so be sure to walk and roll over to the "Healthy JFK Zone", thank the Mayor and Jake, and make the happy healthy scene.
Of course, with all this nice new smooth pavement, you may well be thinking, "Why not Healthy Saturdays too?" Following his veto of the Healthy Saturdays 6-month trial proposal earlier this year, the Mayor promised to come forward with a proposal of his own and commissioned a study from the SF County Transportation Authority to look at the current weekend situation in and around the eastern end of GG Park. The results of that study are due to be released any day now, and we're looking forward to hearing from the Mayor on his vision for Healthy Saturdays in the Park. Perhaps he'll tell us something Sunday? Be there and find out.
Muni Transit Effectiveness Project — speak up at 3 Open Houses
Everyone agrees that Muni could stand some serious improvement, so it's a very good thing that the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) and the Controller's Office have begun an 18-month Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP) to comprehensively evaluate the existing Muni system and recommend ways to attract more riders and make service more effective and economical. You can and should be a part of this project, and you'll have three good opportunities at TEP Open House events this Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday, where you can learn more about the project and share your thoughts and insights with the MTA. For more information, visit the TEP website.
Bike Ed in Noe Valley this Saturday
This Saturday, our popular Adult Urban Bike Ed class is coming to Noe Valley (12/9, 10am-2pm, Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez), and as always, it's free! This four hour in-classroom course teaches the basics of safe and enjoyable cycling, including riding in traffic, necessary equipment, crash avoidance, and legal rights and responsibilities. Open to adults 14 and over. Bicycle not required, but please bring your lunch. The class is free, but you must register — sign up right now online!
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